Science Department Goal

We will use current science and educational research to challenge students to think critically and develop the problem-solving skills and intellectual curiosity required to be scientifically literate citizens and to be productive contributors to the field of science.

Program Description


All learners have a growth-mindset and understand with time, effort and effective strategies they can work effectively and independently as scientists.

K-4 Science Goals:

  • Understand science is an on-going process of inquiry through questioning and learning.
  • Make predictions based on current knowledge and technology.
  • Build and test models to understand and predict the behavior of a system.
  • Make accurate observations and measurements.
  • Support scientific explanations based on credible evidence.
  • Communicate results of scientific investigations with accuracy and clarity.
   Middle School

Our integrated science curriculum ensures students are exploring all major areas of science each year: Earth & Space, Life, and Physical science. Students will learn science by doing science through laboratory investigations, projects, and use of technology.

5-7 Science Goals: 
(based on NGSS science practices)
  • Develop and revise models to predict more abstract phenomena and design systems.
  • Design scientifically sound experiments with multiple variable, describe relationships between the variables and provide evidence to support explanations.
  • Quantitative analysis of investigations and distinguish between correlation and causation.
  • Engage in scientific arguments based on evidence. This includes supporting or refuting the claims of others.
  • Communicate scientific ideas using appropriate language and evidence.
  • Evaluate the validity and merit of ideas and methods.

 High School

Students will take a minimum of three high school science courses to be college and career ready in science. Our leveled curriculum ensures students learn the content in a way that is developmentally appropriate. our rich elective offerings provide students with the opportunity to explore the many areas of science.

8-12 Science Goals:
(based on NGSS science practices)
  • Formulate, refine, and evaluate empirically testable questions; then plan and carry out investigations to test those questions and provide evidence for models based on them.
  • Use, synthesize, and develop models to predict and show relationships among variables between systems and their components.
  • Use models to generate and analyze data.
  • Construct explanations and design solutions that are supported by multiple sources of evidence.
  • Use appropriate and sufficient evidence to defend and critique claims and explanations about the natural and designed worlds.
  • Evaluate the validity and reliability of claims, methods, and designs of scientific ideas and methods.

K. Martin

Karen Martin
Director of Elementary Program

Leslie Knight

Leslie Knight
Director of Secondary Math and Science

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